with Lyndsey Hicks

Note from the editor:

Welcome to  the DDR Spotlight! We’re examining the myriad of songs found in the Dance Dance Revolution series from the very first mix all the way to SuperNova.

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Artist: Captain Jack

Difficulty: 3/4/6 (DDR Solo 3-panel and other mixes) or 3/4/7 (DDR Solo 4-panel only)

Chosen difficulty: Heavy

BPM: 170

 

Drill Instructor is a fun song to play. The speed alone makes it challenging, despite the 6 rating it has. Jumps, which this song has plenty of, are hard to navigate well at higher speeds. There are also triplets, which means a lot of nimble stepping is required. Focus on handling the jumps and conserving your energy for them. There are a few sections where there are quite a few in a row.

Also, pay attention to the blue 1/8th note jumps near the end. They are tricky to land correctly and can throw you off without warning.

 

Suggested Speed Mod: x2

 

Artist: C.J. Crew & Sedge

Difficulty: 4/7/9 (DDR main mixes) or 4/6/9 (DDR Solo all-panels)

Chosen difficulty: Standard

BPM: 170

 

Furuhata’s Theme is extremely challenging and fast. Even on the Standard difficulty, it’s hard to keep pace with the steps and factor in the sometimes-twisting stepchart’s penchant for adding in a triplet. These triplets may be composed of red, blue and yellow notes or red and blue notes only. This is a fast and hard 7 rating, which means it can make you winded quickly. The song follows the beat in the Standard difficulty stepchart, so as always, familiarize yourself with the song before attempting to try it on your feet.

 

Suggested Speed Mod: x1.5

 

Artist: Final Offset

Difficulty: 4/6/8

Chosen difficulty: Heavy

BPM: 169

 

TwinBee is one of GI’s favorite songs to play. It also one of the few 8-footers that we’ve played on our feet and passed. The fun in TwinBee lies in its intro section and blazing speed. The song is on beat and it’s a great learning tool to get started with when trying to move into the Heavy division. The trickiest parts of the song that you need to watch out for are the introduction and the ending, which is composed of entirely on-beat red and green notes. Both sections follow the beat completely and the intro will serve as a guide for how to approach the middle section of the song.

 

Suggested Speed Mod: x2

Artist: DJ Yoshitaka feat. A/I

Difficulty: 4/6/8

Chosen difficulty: Standard

BPM: 160

 

Captivate is a fun song that isn’t too challenging. On the Standard difficulty, it is moderately paced and it doesn’t really have any tricky spots. It’s straightforward with a few triplets thrown in for good measure. The only difficult section is at the end, where there is a triplet that features a red, blue and yellow note cluster. Even then, that’s not hard to navigate, but if you’re not prepared for it, you might miss it.

 

Suggested Speed Mod: x2